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April 28, 2011 / theoldsilly

Rant ‘n’ Stance – Endanger THIS Dumba**es!!

So I’m listening to the news, suckin’ down a strong java, and thinking, You’ve got to be kidding me. Anyone ever heard of the Dunes Sage Brush Lizard? I hadn’t. Folks in Texas probably are aware of the 3″ long little critters. Least if they haven’t been up til now they soon will be, if the USWFS gets their way and puts it on the endangered species list.

What’s the big deal? Oh, nothing, just means the Texan Basin oil industry gets shut down for 2-5 years. Gas prices, already over four bucks and heading inexorably to five or six by mid-summer, this a Big Brother announcement all over the slave media even before our primary mainland source of petroleum gets taken away.

I Googled the subject and came across (among many others) this article–click on it to read the whole thing, but here’s a short excerpt:

MIDLAND, TEXAS – It was a packed house of protesters on Tuesday at the Midland Center. All because of the dunes sagebrush lizard, which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to add to the endangered species list.

If that happens, any of the lizard’s habitats could become No Man’s Land for drilling, farming and ranching.

In West Texas, that will affect the counties of Andrews, Crane, Gaines, Ward and Winkler. As well as several parts of southeastern New Mexico.

“Livelihoods will be lost,” Texas Congressman Mike Conaway, said. “Ranchers and farmers whose lands have been in their families for a 100+ years will have to alter what they do and how they do it.”

And it goes on to report about the potential devastation to the Texan oil production industry.

So, nah. No biggie. Shut the oil fields down, increase our dependence on Middle East crude oil, catapult the price of petrol sky high, put even more Americans out of work, squeeze the middle class a little further toward extinction, drive the tourist industry out of business (who can afford to drive on a vacation with 8, 9, 10 dollar a gallon gas?), and oh …

… remember, ranchers and farmers will be affected too. So those Texan steaks you like to grill this summer? Gonna cost ya, pal. Big time. If you can even find one to buy. Texan vegetable and fruit produce? More scarce and more expensive than ever.

All to make sure this little guy isn’t inconvenienced in any way-

Look, I’m a nature lover, I believe we should be responsible and good stewards of our planet. I have been accused of being a ‘tree-hugger’. I do not approve of unmanaged deforestation, I recycle, I compost, I organic garden, all that and more. So please, if you’re thinking that the possibility of disturbing one species’ natural habitat is paramount to ending the world as we know it, just remember … we are, with our billions of dollars spent overseas on the purchase (at increasingly outrageous prices) of Middle East oil, contributing just as much, if not more, to the disruption of the natural habitats of many, many species. I seriously doubt those countries have, use, or even care about the methods and technologies we have to cause the least amount of disruption and inconvenience to indiginous animals and ensure maximum levels of safety standards for the protection of the environment as we do here in America.

It just doesn’t add up. Makes no sense! But then common sense is not on the agenda anymore, hmm?

This is, again, if allowed to happen, more blatant evidence of this (and all recent) administration’s complete lack of concern for the people of the United States …  especially the middle class, which is being systematically dismantled and exterminated into slow, painful, eventually penniless and hopeless oblivion.

Speak up, citizens!


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  1. Stanley Berber / Apr 28 2011 5:35 am

    Ridiculous. Absurd! I am writing my letter right now!!

  2. Ron Berry / Apr 28 2011 6:45 am

    Sorry, I’m with the lizard on this one. Ten, twenty years is less than the proverbial drop in the bucket in terms of overall earth’s existence time. There are other sources of oil and fuel. We need to cut the dependence on overseas oil anyway. We can work around the poor lizard or maybe find more to make them less likely to become extinct.

    The other almost totally extinct species that I am very concerned about is “The Honest Politician”.
    Are there any left even?

    • theoldsilly / Apr 29 2011 6:25 am

      I think you missed one serious point, Ron. We are contributing to the destruction/extinction of many species in the Middle East with our funding of THEIR oil drilling.

  3. Arlee Bird / Apr 28 2011 1:16 pm

    Maybe we can relocate all of those lizards to DC and let them run things.

    Sorry–if it’s us or lizards, desert fish, field rats, or whatever is being threatened, then I’m going to have to cast my vote with us–civilization. Let natural selection take its course. Sometimes the little guys need to make way for us big bad humans. Just so we’re trying to make an effort to be accommodating.

    Tossing It Out

    • theoldsilly / Apr 29 2011 6:26 am

      Yeah! Wait – I think snakes would do an even better job!!

  4. Alex J. Cavanaugh / Apr 28 2011 1:33 pm

    That’s just crazy talk!

  5. L. Diane Wolfe / Apr 28 2011 2:00 pm

    They’re killing us all right!
    I love animals. So much I don’t eat them. But I remember all the hoopla surrounding the spotted owl in the Pacific NW. I’m from Oregon, and I know how many families depend on the logging industry. Preserving land for the owl was a nice sentiment, but it wasn’t practical!

    • theoldsilly / Apr 29 2011 6:27 am

      Sigh, no … practical isn’t in our language anymore …

  6. Margot Winston / Apr 30 2011 7:49 am

    UNcommon sense rules!

  7. John Standish / Apr 30 2011 7:51 am

    Yeah, sigh, when I heard about this I was like, OMG – what ELSE can they do to destroy our economy!!??

  8. Marcus Phelps / Apr 30 2011 12:04 pm

    I’m into green alternatives, but those are–thanks to stupid administrative procrastination-two decades away at least. I say we drill for our own oil here AND begin to develop green energy.

  9. Cactus Annie / Apr 30 2011 12:06 pm

    God I feel bad for ANY species endangered, but I also feel horrible for all those Texan businesses and families if their livelihood gets taken away!

    • theoldsilly / Apr 30 2011 12:09 pm

      I share your double concern, Cactus, but it’s about common sense choices at this point, hmm?

  10. Barbra Kelser / May 1 2011 12:28 pm

    I have a nephew who ranches in Texas – he’s really frightened and upset about this!

  11. Frank Harding / May 1 2011 12:30 pm

    I like green energy – the idea of it, and yes I want to preserve species, too. But this is loonacie!

  12. Phillip Johnson / May 1 2011 12:31 pm

    Found your blog doing a Google search on this very subject. Maddening, to be sure. I like your blog, will have to come back!

    • theoldsilly / May 1 2011 12:34 pm

      Thanks for the visit and comment, Phil – hope you do come back! 🙂

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